Assistant Project Manager/Codling Moth Inspector

General Job Description:

Washington Fruit & Produce Co. is looking to hire a dedicated, responsible, and motivated employee to assist in a broad range of tasks, including but not limited to, Codling Moth Inspector and Assistant Project Manager.  During harvest, one would be accountable for maintaining detailed records of instances of Codling Moth within company and outside grower owned farms.

After harvest, the role could morph into an Assistant Project Manager.  Support in the construction bidding, permitting, and execution processes would be the primary position.  In addition, one may be asked to participate in other tasks like coordinating the delivery of bee hives for pollination, ordering bin tickets for apple and cherry harvest, helping with the analysis of field trials, and writing a monthly “Follow Your Fruit” orchard update newsletter.  If working in agriculture and juggling multiple tasks is something that excites you, please send us your resume for review.

 

 

 “Codling Moth (CM) Inspector Role”

Description:     From August to November, primary job will be CM Inspector for Taiwan Export Program.

Duties:

  • Monitor company farm/outside grower harvest dates and sample orchards within 2 weeks of scheduled start of harvest (only Gala and Fuji varieties). Continue to resample orchards every 2 weeks until harvest at that site is complete.
  • Keep detailed logs of positive identification of CM on farms. Submit to warehouse for filing of records.
  • Maintain constant communication with warehouse in regard to fruit condition and presence of pests in orchard.

Requirements:

  • Must attend WSU Codling Moth Inspector seminar and receive certification.
  • Must have excellent time management skills and be able to maintain a disciplined schedule. During harvest, workdays may exceed 12hrs/day.
  • Must be self-motivated and able to stay tasked out without frequent direction from managers.
  • Must have clean driving record and be able to drive long distances.
  • Must be able to operate an ATV in a safe and responsible manner.
  • Must be able to walk on uneven orchard ground.
  • Must be observant and able to inspect fruit on trees up to 15ft high.
  • Must be willing to work weekends if necessary.
  • Preferred general Ag experience and familiarity with the Yakima Valley and surrounding agricultural regions.

 

 

“Assistant Project Manager Role”

Description:     Washington Fruit & Produce is actively constructing new facilities at some company owned farms.  Help is needed with the permitting and planning processes as well as the oversight of construction & logistics.  One will also be asked to assist with a broad range of additional projects within the company.

Primary Duties:

  • Aid in the submittal of permit applications.
  • Work with local governments on ensuring projects meet legal codes and requirements.
  • Seek bids from multiple contractors and analyze best options.
  • Help with the execution of construction and coordinate logistics for projects.
  • Work with contractors to ensure completeness and quality of projects.

Additional Duties:

  • Field Trial analysis. Help design, plan, and evaluate trials of new horticultural techniques within the company.
  • Coordinating pollination in spring. Work with Ranch Managers and beekeepers to determine quantities of hives and the placement of hives within orchards.
  • Bin ticket ordering. Determine number of tickets needed for both company owned and outside grower farms.  Submit order to printing company and be the main contact for last minute ticket orders during harvest.
  • “Follow Your Fruit” orchard update monthly newsletter. Identify topics to highlight within Washington Fruit’s operation.  Each month, feature a new topic that describes an aspect of the business.  Take photos, gather information, and compose a newsletter that will be sent out to retail customers across the world.
  • As other miscellaneous tasks arise, assistance will be required.

Requirements:

  • Preferred 4 year college degree.
  • Must be proficient on Microsoft Word and Excel.
  • Must have excellent reading and writing skills.
  • Must be able to problem solve and investigate issues without direct assistance from management.
  • Must be willing to work weekends if necessary.
  • Preferred (but not required) basic understanding of construction, water systems, septic systems, and agricultural operations.
  • Must be self-motivated and able to stay tasked out without frequent direction from managers.
  • Must have clean driving record and be able to drive long distances.
  • Must be able to multitask and handle different jobs at the same time.
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